Former El Salvador president sentenced to 10 years in prison

13 September 2018

Former El Salvador President Antonio Saca sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday. Five years of the sentence were for money laundering, and five for embezzlement. Saca pleaded guilty to the charges last month. His lawyer said at the time that he had pleaded guilty in exchange for a reduction in his prison sentence.

During the trial, prosecutors said Saca had appropriated public funds for himself and others, including taking more than $7 million for his former party, the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance. He also has to give back $260 million to the state. The court also sentenced six other former officials from Saca's government to between three and 16 years for participating in a network of corruption.